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Brand New Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle Coming to Fortnite Battle Royale

Published: 10/Jun/2018 14:38 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:16

by Calum Patterson


A new in game daily message has gone live in Fortnite Battle Royale, showcasing a brand new assault rifle ‘coming soon’.

Epic Games, developer of Fortnite, is constantly at work bringing new items, skins and even weapons to the battle royale mode, in an effort to keep the experience fresh for the massive player base.

Weekly content updates are typically when fans can expect these new items to arrive, with recent additions including the shopping carts, bouncer traps and shield mushrooms.

It has been a few weeks since a brand new weapon was introduced however, with the last time being the ‘Famas’ burst assault rifle.

For the next new weapon, it looks like Epic Games feel the assault rifle category needs another new addition, with a new Thermal Scoped rifle being unveiled.

There is already a scoped rifle in Fortnite, giving players a lot of extra range than the unscoped AR’s, however in comparison to a sniper rifle it is relatively inadequate.

This new thermal scoped AR may be Epic’s attempt at a weapon which can more effectively provide a cross between a sniper and a regular AR.

The description “new high power assault rifle makes it easier to find enemies” certainly hints at it perhaps having a slightly higher damage output at range than the other AR’s.

While there is no details on the exact stats, the image does suggest it will be a legendary weapon with the golden/orange background.

Although no date is given as to when it will be dropping in game, it is most likely it will come with the next update, scheduled for Tuesday June 12th.


How to watch Fortnite’s J Balvin Afterlife Party: Event time & rewards

Published: 31/Oct/2020 16:12

by Connor Bennett


Epic Games have confirmed that a Fortnitemares Afterlife Party event with J Balvin is set to rock the Main Stage in Party Royale. Here’s what you need to know.

Over the years, as Fortnite has grown more and more in popularity, Epic Games have teamed up with TV shows, movies, and musicians for a number of live events. 

This has included everything from something as simple as a DJ playing a few songs from their living room to showing off new trailer for a Star Wars movie. Though, it’s stretched all the way to Travis Scott having a jaw-dropping concert live event too. 

With Fortnitemares now being live, the next event will involve Colombian artist J Balvin debuting a new song during an ‘Afterlife’ concert. So, here’s everything you need to know. 

What time is the J Balvin event in Fortnite?

Just like a number of other events in Fortnite, there will be an initial showing before a number of encore shows so that everyone has the chance to get involved. 

The initial J Balvin show will get underway on Saturday, October 31st at 9 pm EDT/1 am GMT/6 pm PDT and 2 am CEST. Though, if you miss the live showing, there will be two other showings.

The first replay, according to Epic, will happen a day later on Sunday, November 1st at a much reasonable time for European fans – 1 pm EDT/6 pm BST/10 am PDT and 7 pm CEST. The second replay will be five hours later on the same day. 

How to get J Balvin Party Trooper Fortnite skin

While these events have, sometimes, given all players free rewards, the J Balvin event will be a little different. 

Instead, anyone who owns the Party Trooper skin that attends the Afterlife Party will unlock an exclusive J Balvin style. However, you don’t have to wear the skin to the event to unlock it, you just have to own it. 

Screenshot of the J Balvin Fortnite skin style for Party Trooper
Epic Games
Party Trooper skin owners will get an exclusive J Balvin style for attending the event.

Where to find the J Balvin event in Fortnite

If you want to watch the event, as we’ve already noted, it’ll happen inside Party Royale. That’s slightly different to the usual Battle Royale and Creative modes. 

To access it, you’ll want to select the Party Royale game mode in the lobby screen and then search when the event goes live in the menus. Be sure to get in early for the live showing as you don’t want to miss out!

  1. Load up Fortnite
  2. Enter the Battle Royale lobby screen but change the playlist to Party Royale
  3. Search for a game and wait
  4. Once inside, head over to the Main Stage area on the east of the island and enjoy!
Fortnite's party royale map
Epic Games
The Main Stage is where you’ll be able to find the Fortnite music events.

Obviously, you won’t be able to drop in and watch the show until the date and time that Epic has revealed, so don’t try and get involved too early. 

If you manage to get in, though, make sure to enjoy it and get involved with the party.